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Friday Photo: RC Church of St Dunstan

Posted June 2nd, 2017 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Today’s Friday photo is of the Roman Catholic church of St Dunstan in Kings Heath. The church has been Grade II listed due to its balanced and effective architectural design and the quality of the artistic details within.

Previously the only Roman Catholic church in the immediate area, in Station Road, was destroyed by a bomb in 1941, services were then held in the church hall until the current church was built between 1966-68. The architect was Jack Edmondson of Desmond Williams and Associates and the Ove Arup practice was employed as structural engineers. The main plan of the building is two thirds of a circle with the ceiling stepping with the curve.

In today’s picture you can see the impressive ‘Risen Christ’ sculpture by John Poole above the sanctuary for which he won the Otto Beit medal. Also visible are the three stained glass lancet windows by John Hardman Studios which represent the trinity; blue for the father, red for the saviour and yellow for the holy spirit.

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